Daily Archives: February 6, 2013

Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for 2012-13 School Crossing Guard Program

By Mario Conde The Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for 2012-13 School Crossing Guard Program in the amount of $140,000. The item was placed on the City Council agenda recommended by the Measure “H” Commission back in September when they approved the request from the Calexico Unified School District to fund the crossing guard program which the City has been supporting since 2011. Calexico Unified Superintendent Maria Ambriz reminded the Measure “H” Commission back in September that the crossing guards not only assist students in crossing with heavy traffic, but they also assist adults. During last Tuesday’s Calexico City Council meeting, the request to fund the Crossing Guard Program was before the Council. Former Councilman Guillermo Hermosillo said he didn’t support this proposal since he said this was like “Robin giving to the rich.” “Why does Calexico that has an $18 million budget is giving money to a District has a $70 million budget? If they (The District) can’t handle it they should turn it over to the police and have them pay the Department for the crossing people.” Hermosillo said and asked the Council to return this to the Measure “H” Commission for further review. Hermosillo was appointed by Mayor Pro Tem Bill Hodge to the Measure “H” commission for last meeting. Calexico resident Oscar Gonzalez agreed with Hermosillo and questioned how much money was on the Measure “H” commission fund. He also suggested the Council that instead of having crossing guards they can partner with ROP or One Stop Employment Services to hire 16 people that can work as cross guards and can work to hope City government open on Friday’s again. Mayor Pro Tem Bill Hodge said he will support the funding for the Crossing Guards but asked as to why the District has to come back every year. Councilman John Moreno said the District was in a financial crisis last year and would like the City to meet with District officials about what are they going to do for the next few years. The Council approved the funding for this year with a vote of 3-1 with Councilman Luis Castro casting the dissenting vote. Councilman Joong Kim left the Council Chambers during this discussion since it was a conflict of interest for him to participate in this item.

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Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for 2012-13 School Crossing Guard Program

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for 2012-13 School Crossing Guard Program in the amount of $140,000.

The item was placed on the City Council agenda recommended by the Measure “H” Commission back in September when they approved the request from the Calexico Unified School District to fund the crossing guard program which the City has been supporting since 2011. Calexico Unified Superintendent Maria Ambriz reminded the Measure “H” Commission back in September that the crossing guards not only assist students in crossing with heavy traffic, but they also assist adults.

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City Council of Calexico approved its Mid-Year Budget

By Mario Conde

The City Council of Calexico approved its Mid-Year Budget report last Tuesday that project a positive financial outlook for the City going forward.

City Manager Oscar Rodriquez presented the Mid-Year Budget document that provides the Council with a half-way view of the FY 2012-13 Annual Operating Budget that was adopted on September 27, 2012.  Rodriquez said that the purpose of this budget review is that it gives the Council information it needs to develop or change policies that could move the City in new direction. It also fulfills the requirement that the Council be involved in certain budget adjustments such as those that call for additional appropriations or reductions of revenue estimates.

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Imperial Valley College Students Seek More Buses

By Mario Conde

Imperial Valley College students made themselves present at Tuesday’s Calexico City Council meeting asking for the Council’s help regarding bus transportation.

The issue at hand is that many students are not picked up by the Express Calexico-IVC Imperial Valley Transit Bus because of the overload of passengers. Up to 20 students are not picked up daily by the IV Transit bus leaving students  tardy to class or even dropped from the class for excessive absences. Some students have been forced to walk from Encinas Ave on the east side of Calexico and walk all the way to the west side of Calexico just to have seat in the IVC line and get to college.

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Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for feasibility study for the main Fire and Police facilities

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for feasibility study for the main Fire and Police facilities.

Calexico Fire Chief Pete Mercado asked for financial assistance in funding the cost of a public safety feasibility study for our main fire and policy facility. The cost of the public safety feasibility study is $19,950 and would try to see how to best serve the Fire and Police departments’ aging facilities.

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